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Man City vs Aston Villa LIVE: Premier League result and reaction as Phil Foden hat-trick continues title chase

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Phil Foden’s sublime hat-trick fired Manchester City to victory against Aston Villa to keep up their pursuit of Arsenal and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

Mikel Areta’s side went top earlier on Wednesday evening with a win over Luton but the defending champions ensured they remained in touch with a strong 4-1 victory.

While it was a controlled collective performance, they had Foden to thank for a commanding victory. After Jhon Duran had responded to Rodri’s early opener, the England international curled home a free kick to nudge Manchester City in front just before the interval.

Foden then swept home from the edge of the box before producing a magnificent strike from distance to complete his hat-trick and secure all three points. It meant Pep Guardiola could leave Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne on the bench, with the two stars rested in a hectic fortnight of football.

Unai Emery’s visitors were without an injured Ollie Watkins and suspended John McGinn, and struggled to produce consistent threat. Aston Villa remain fourth, two points ahead of Tottenham, who have a game in hand.

Re-live all the action below, plus get the latest Premier League odds and tips right here:

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa

So Manchester City move to within a point of Arsenal and the summit of the Premier League table, though Liverpool will be back on top if they beat Sheffield United tomorrow night. Pep Guardiola will be pleased to have got through the game unscathed, with a fresh Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne to bring back in.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 22:23

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Rodri speaks to TNT Sports after Manchester City’s win

“Today we played amazing from the first minute. We conceded the goal, but we kept pace in the game, and in general it was one of the best of the season.

“We knew that we had to have more players in the box from the game against Arsenal. That was the message from the beginning of the game. I want to help the team as much as possible – it’s not my role to score goals, but I know I can do more in the final third. It’s something I’ve been working on and focussing on.

“Phil Foden has grown every year since I’ve been here. He can score from wherever he wants. He has a special quality – I’m so happy for him.”

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 22:15

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FULL TIME! MANCHESTER CITY 4-1 ASTON VILLA

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Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 22:12

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa, 90 + 3 minutes

Almost five! Sergio Gomez clips Josko Gvardiol’s cutback goalwards, but strikes the outside of the post.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 22:10

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa, 90 minutes

An untimely loss of footing for Leon Bailey, showing off his impressive stride length until his studs fail him.

Into four added minutes…and a great chance for Alex Moreno! The full-back arrives at the far post onto a corner which seems to have cleared everyone, but can’t make contact on the half volley.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 22:08

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa, 86 minutes

Aston Villa aren’t chasing overly hard, the legs weary and the task too tall. Brentford, who drew 0-0 in a snoozefest with Brighton earlier, are the visitors to Villa Park on Saturday.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 22:03

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa, 83 minutes

Manchester City of course have a tight turnaround to Saturday lunchtime’s encounter with Crystal Palace, something that Pep Guardiola was already chuntering about ahead of kick off. Right now, though, the Manchester City manager looks rather more content than his Aston Villa counterpart, Unai Emery cutting an exasperated figure on the touchline as his chase fruitlessly with the hosts calm in possession.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 22:01

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa, 79 minutes

Matheus Nunes turns in midfield and surges forward, releasing a drive that rises and rises over the crossbar.

Phil Foden’s night is over. He takes an ovation from the crowd as Oscar Bobb replaces him, with Sergio Gomez also stepping in for Jeremy Doku.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 21:57

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa, 77 minutes

Unai Emery looks to one of his youngsters to launch a dramatic comeback. Omari Kellyman makes his Premier League debut, replacing Nicolo Zaniolo.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 21:55

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Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa, 73 minutes

Here they come – Rodri and Bernardo Silva will get 20 minutes or so of rest.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 21:52

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